Henry Adams was born 21 January 1583 in Barton St David, Somerset, England, United Kingdom to Richard Adams (1555-1605) and Agnes Stone (1555-1616) and died 8 October 1646 Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. He married Edith Squire (1587-1673) 19 October 1609 in Charlton Makrell, Somerset, England, United Kingdom.

Early New England Immigrant (circa 1638) settled in Braintree, Massachusetts which was named for his English birthplace. Great, great grandfather to President John Adams

Vital Stats[]

  • Son of Richard Adams (1555-1605) and Agnes Stone (1555-1616)
  • 1583-Jan-21 :Birth at Barton St David, Somerset, England
  • 1609-Oct-19 : Marriage to Edith Squire at Charlton, Somerset, England
  • 1638 : Immigration to Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • 1646-Oct-08 : Died at Braintree, Norfolk, MA


Henry Adams came to America from England about 1634 with his wife, eight sons, and one daughter, and settled at Mount Wollaston (subsequently named Braintree, Massachusetts). Here on February 24, 1639-1640, the town of Boston granted him forty acres of land for the ten persons then composing his family, and he continued there until his death.

The inscription placed upon the column erected to his memory by his great- great- grandson, John Adams, second President of The United States, reads as follows: "In memory of Henry Adams, who took his flight from the Dragon persecution , in Devonshire in England, and alighted with eight sons near Mt. Wollaston. One of the sons returned to England; and after taking time to explore the country, four removed to Medfield and the neighboring towns, and two to Chelmsford.

One only, Joseph who lies here at his left hand, remained here, who was an original Proprietor in the township of Braintree, incorporated 1639. "This stone and several others have been placed in this yard by a great-great-grandson, from a veneration of the peity, humility, simplicity, prudence, patience ,temperance, frugality, and perseverance of his ancestors, in hopes of recommending an imitation of their virtues to their posterity."

Marriage and Family[]

  1. Henry Adams (1609-1676) - immigrated to MA, killed in King Philip's War during indian raid on Medfield MA.
  2. Jonathan Adams (1620-1690) - immgrated to MA at a later date than rest of family.
  3. Thomas Adams (1612-1688) - immigrated to MA
  4. Samuel Adams (1617-1688) - immigrated to MA
  5. Ursula Adams (1619-1679) - immigrated to MA
  6. Peter Adams (1622-1690) - immigrated to MA
  7. John Adams (1622-1706) - immigrated to MA
  8. Mary Adams (1625-1711) - immigrated to MA
  9. Edward Adams (1629-1716) - immigrated to MA
  10. Jane Adams (1624-1654) - immigrated to MA
  11. Joseph Adams (1626-1694) - immigrated to MA


Offspring of Henry Adams and Edith Squire (1587-1673)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Henry Adams (1609-1676) 1 January 1610 Barton St. David, Somerset, England 21 February 1676 Medfield, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Elizabeth Paine (1620-1676)
Jonathan Adams (1620-1690) 19 April 1620 Barton St David, Somerset, England 28 July 1690 Medfield, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Joane Close (1607-1650)
Elizabeth Russell (1620-)
Elizabeth Holman (1644-1712)
Thomas Adams (1612-1688) 25 March 1612 Barton St James, Somerset, England 20 July 1688 Chelmsford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Mary Blackmore (1613-1695)
Samuel Adams (1617-1688)
Ursula Adams (1619-1679) 19 July 1619 Barton St David, Somerset, England 19 July 1679 Charlestown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Stephen Streeter (1600-1652)
Samuel Hosier (1614-1665)
William Robinson (1615-1668)
Griffin Craft (1600-1689)
Peter Adams (1622-1690)
John Adams (1622-1706) 4 December 1622 Kingweston, Somerset, England June 1706 Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Anne Howe (1624-1714)
Mary Adams (1625-1711) 10 November 1625 Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States 11 August 1711 Mendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States George Fairbanks (1619-1682)
Edward Adams (1629-1716) 18 April 1629 Kingweston, Somerset, England 12 November 1716 Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Lydia Penniman (1635-1676)
Abigail Crafts (1634-1707)
Sarah Taylor (c1640-)
Jane Adams (1624-1654)
Joseph Adams (1626-1694) 9 February 1626 Kings Weston, Somerset, England, United Kingdom 6 December 1694 Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States Abigail Baxter (1634-1692)